|1961 - 1980 : an era of major development and change|
A striking feature of the 1960s was the development of many new specialities and services.
The first ICU opened in August 1964. The first cardiopulmonary bypass operation was performed in December 1964.
The Neurosurgery Unit was opened in January 1965 with the appointment of Mr Anthony James.
These new services and expansion of existing services resulted in demand for more beds and new facilities. Coupled with the expanded clinical services, there was, during the mid-1960s, a push to establish a Third Medical School in Wellington. By the early 1970s, the decision was taken to establish in Wellington a Clinical School of the Otago Medical Faculty. A major new building programme was embarked upon for both the expanded clinical needs and the new teaching facility. The 1970s saw the establishment of new Academic Departments and the majority of the medical staff appointed to these held joint appointments within the hospital service. The first intake of fourth-year medical students arrived at the beginning of 1977.
The next pages list all staff appointed between 1961 and 1980